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If I were in the same situation with my cat, I think I'd try to play it safe and take him to the vet for a quick screening. Just to rule out if there's any health issues that are unseen to the eye.
Please talk to your Veterinarian.
Cats do grieve when a member of its family die.s He may have depression and he may be sick. Find a female vet and bring him in. ONE OF My CATS DIED WHEN SHE WAS 19 YEARS. (please excuse the caps) . All the humans and pets of my home became depressed when she became ill and died. Cats will meow when loney. My cat Mr. Teetles was meowing a lot when my beloved cat Monker died. Animals like people all react differantly. Give Him extra love and playtime to help him in this major change in his life. He can easily need help and a visit to the vet after his freind died.and you may as well need help during this most difficult . People and pets are one family and everyone gets depressed When a member of the family dies. Take care.
I have a six year old female cat named Rosie. She is wonderful. My only issue is about an hour prior to my getting up each morning, she start meowing and won't stop. I will call her, and she will come to my bed for a few minutes, leave and start meowing all over again. It is not because she is hungry or thirsty because there is always food available for her. Also the kitty litter is scooped each day to ensure cleanliness. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
By Karyn01 from Ottawa, Canada
Kamilah Marie (9 year old Maine Coon mix) likes to wake me up from a sound sleep at 3 or 4 in the morning. Why? So I can pet her. She'll get right in my face and *chirrup* at me. When I startle awake she'll roll around on the bed to signal that she wants to be petted, please. I do as well as I can in my drowsy state and that's usually enough to satisfy her.
Other days she'll wait until a few minutes before my alarm goes off and then begin howling. Why? Because she saw me set the alarm the night before and wants to make sure I get up. (I always tell her: "If I don't work, you don't eat.")
Make sure Rosie has a comfy place to sleep, food she likes, fresh water, snacks, toys, proper medical care and lots of love and attention. If she still wakes you up - oh, well, she's on her own schedule - get used to it!
Squirt the cat with water whenever it does this to break the habit!
She also might be bored and has decided that you have had enough sleep so she wants you to get up! It's hard making them realize that you don't agree.
Think of her a a rooster!
Cats are nocturnal, so her idea of morning is entirely different from yours! I have one kitty who will sleep as long as I do all night, and one who makes sure he is up by about 5 am. He won't disturb me until around 6 though because that's when the alarm goes off. He used to try to awaken me, by gentle head-butting, but when he saw it didn't work, he adjusted. Once, he was head-butting me and lost his footing. His head hit mine so hard I saw stars, LOL. We were both OK.
Is the cat a tortoiseshell by any chance? Torties are usually odd and a bit crazy. My Allie was. Your cat is just wanting your attentions and wanting you up to play. When Allie would do things like waking me I would wait til she was in her bed napping and wake her, she did not like it. It did nothing to change her but I felt better I loved Allie with all my heart.
When I was running out the door to work, she would meow loudly from her bed. HA! to remind me who was queen bee.
Apparently your cat is being patient in training you to get up and entertain her. You might get a little more sleep if you have something else to entertain her in the am. My cats never did get much entertainment from anything other than us and the dogs but a catnip toy or one of those little motorized mice might be worth trying.
My older cat usually starts loudly meowing every time he has to go anywhere in the car. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas about how to settle him. I cover his carrier with a towel or blanket every time we go anywhere. I have tried talking to him. I've tried not talking at all. I have tried him in the front seat and the back seat. I've tried facing him this way and that, nothing seems to work.
By sharylesley from South Australia
My dog gets sick in the car, even on short trips. I ordered pet dramamine with the vet's advise. 100 tablets cost $6.00 (shipping was free because I buy his other meds on line too). Ask your vet if this would help you with your cat.. Good luck.
My cat hates car rides, no matter how short. He will start bleating plaintively before the car even moves. However, I have found that he doesn't cry if he is sitting on my son's lap. I don't think this is as safe as in his carrier, but it did keep him quiet. We found this out on the one occasion when he broke out of his carrier, and settled onto my son's lap in the back seat. Our younger cat (now 9 years old) has never minded being in the car. Personally, I think the older cat is just being a pill, so when I travel alone with him, I just let him meow. I turn the radio up loud!
Our cat didn't meow when I put her in a burlap bag, closed it, and kept her on my lap. It might be worth a try if the lap alone, as the last post mentioned, doesn't work.
I talk to mine and put soft, relaxing music on to help soothe them. They're scared and don't understand the motion and noise(s). I know that if I'm nervous or upset, loud noise or music only makes it worse. I also keep the windows up to keep out some of the traffic noise.
Try just sitting in the car with your cat. Hold them and talk to them in a low soft relaxing voice. Leave the doors open at first and gradually sit in the car with the doors closed. Then place the cat in the carrier and sit next to them same way, the doors open and gradually with doors closed. Always have a soft cloth and maybe a toy in the carrier with them for comforts sake. I hope this helps.
Thanks to everyone who answered - I guess there is no universal solution. I used to comfort him and sometimes I did travel with him on my lap but it is far too dangerous nowadays and probably illegal where I am. We are going to be traveling for a couple of hours so I might see if the vet can give me something.
When I have to put my cat in the car I put her in the small airline carry bag that I have had to use on plane trips. Because it has openings and is soft inside and I think that because it is small and she does not move around too much with the motion of the car that she is happy.
It is easy to also use the car seat belt around the carrier. Good Luck
You can give your dog or cat something called Bach's Rescue Remedy. You purchase it at a health food store. It is all natural so no hangover or side effects. Used specifically to calm an animal. I have used it for years with my cats. You put it in their water or food. If you have more than one pet and the others get it as well, it won't make any difference to them. It will only have an effect on the one who needs it. Strange and wonderful product.
There have been no changes in living quarters, food, litter box locations, etc. He has never been a lap kitty or lovable cat, but does like to play with a long piece of fabric on a stick. No matter how much attention we give him, he still goes around the house meowing. He is up to date with vaccinations and regular checkups. We have 2 other cats (he's grown up with them and does play with them) and they seem fine. Many of you may find this amusing, but it is very frustrating to us. It's driving us crazy!
By Melodie M.
I would suggest that you might find another home where he can go outside a lot if you cannot stand the noise. He could be part Maine Coon, and if so he can be very vocal.
If he is not sick, and he has been checked for ear mites, etc, then maybe he is just talking. Do you answer him? Maybe you could enrich his environment by providing him with more toys, boxes, places to jump up on and other things that might catch his interest. Blessings to you in whatever you decide.
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Have you had him checked for worms or ear mites?
He could just be frustrated by living inside his whole life. He sounds like he could have some feral in him. Cats have feelings and wondering minds just like we humans do. Maybe he is really truly telling you that he wants to go outside. Do you have a fenced in backyard? Perhaps you could take him outside for a few minutes and keep an eye out on him.
Have you checked around the crawl space of your home?
He may be hearing or smelling an intruder-another cat, a rodent or other critter. Does he have a particular spot that he is in when he starts me-yowling? If yes, I'd start the search there.
Indoor cats who have never been outside will display the behaviours you are describing if something has moved into the crawl spaces, walls, attic, etc, and I think that may be what's going on with your cat. It's possible he is sensing other things, too, like the snap, crackle, pop of frayed wiring. It could be a number of things but whatever it is, it is something out of the ordinary, and you should check things out to see if there is a reason he is suddenly become so vocal.
Depending on where you live, it is entirely possible a family of mice or other critter have taken up residence, or possibly a feral cat with kittens have moved in under your house. Or a bird. Or something. I'd check around the exterior of the home to see if he is trying to alert you to a problem.
Did he just get a vaccine? Could be damage. Need to check with homeopathic for repair. Soon as possible. Check adjuvents in vaccines and you will see why he probably has nerve damage. Vaccines include mercury (now called thimerisol) antifreeze, aluminum, aborted fetal cells, dirty blood and just plain ugly. They can kill (like what happened to my 3 month old step-grandson. Vaccines cause much brain and neurological damage. Check anti-vaccine sites like vaclib.org.
Much of their info has been written by doctors who have delved into the question. Hope your kitty can get some help soon so he can perhaps reverse this. No more vaccines or you may lose him. Reaction will be much stronger next time.
Some good ideas here, hopefully one of them may work for you. I have used a pheremone spray to calm my cats, usually when taking them to the Vet. It is called Comfort Zone with feliway. It is pricy, but it does work and is harmless for the cat. Your cat sounds like he is agitated about something. We also have put rabbit fence around our back deck so our inside cats get to go outside, but still be safe. They have pots of catnip and cat grass out there but mostly they just like to smell the dirt and sit in the sun. Good luck with you beautiful boy. Let us know what happens.
My cat has been an indoor cat for probably all but 2 months of her 13 years. She does have a harness and leash, and once in a while I put them on her and take her outside. She loves to sniff every blade of grass, wallow in the dirt,etc. We stand in one spot a long time, and loud noises scare her. People look strange when I say I walk her sometimes on a leash, but she likes it. Unfortunately, I don't do it very often because it makes our outdoor,fenced in dog so exicited! Leashes and harnesses for cats at Pet Smart...
I have a new 2 month old kitten, and he is constantly meowing for no reason. I was just wondering if there is anything I can do to make him stop it's driving my parents insane!
JDM87 from Tx
Make sure that he isn't hungry. Try dry kitten food, then canned kitten food. Play with him, like chasing a string see if you can make him tired. You can just hold him and see if that will comfort him. Try finding a small box he can hide in or a warm towel.
Put a mirror in his bed or prop it against the wall at floor level so he can look at himself. He will think it's another cat. Or wrap a wind-up alarm clock in a blanket so he can lay on top of it. It reminds them of their mother's heartbeat. I've had success with both of these to calm kittens and puppies.
When we found our baby, stray kitty she did this for several months. And although she does it less as a 2yr old, she is still a very vocal cat. I'd say that if you try all the other suggestions (make sure she's not hungry, thirsty, and her litter box is clean) then she probably just wants some good old-fashioned love. Sometimes my cats meow just becuase they want some attention. Also, my very vocal cat will start to do that more when she wants to play and have some entertainment. I think cats are similar to humans in that human babies will cry a lot to communicate. Adults will do that less...we can just talk. I think young cats are more vocal and she might just grow out of it. In the meantime, just keep playing with her and loving her! Please don't give up on her :)
Is it a Siamese per chance? I think they talk just to hear their own voices! I have a nine month old half Siamese kitten. As he gets older, he has gotten quieter.
The kitten is very young...8 weeks old and I think the lady above is correct. My abby was looking for his mother and meowing at that age. Do try clock and also a hot water bottle in a small circular bed with high sides so it can snuggle down into it and feel secure. Also give him lots of attention.
Please take this baby to your Vet. There might be a medical condition which could be easily fixed. Please do not let him suffer if this is the case.
I have heard that cats meow when they are lonely/ frightened or just needing some attention. I would say that your little one is just lonely. Do the suggestions the others have written to you.
We had a cat that was very, very vocal and loud...He was a stray when we got him but now 7 years later he is not nearly as vocal as he used to be, I think he realizes that he is a keeper!
My cat is 10 1/2 years old,..and she still hasn't stopped meowing! Sometimes that is just the cat's personality, and you have to live with it. Just like some humans talk to much. So..I have fun with her and talk back....we have many conversations! LOL
Here is a pic of her talking...LOL